Does your tongue-tied baby need it cut?

IMG_3419Probably not.  There are three reasons to cut a tongue-tied infant’s tongue: difficulty with speech, or with feeding, or due to cosmetic reasons (imagine heart-shaped tongue).

There is no evidence that there is improved latching for breastfeeding after frenotomy (cutting the tissue holding the tongue).  Frenotomy may improve maternal nipple pain by 10% but otherwise is not thought to help with improved feedings.

Most often, I find that the parents ask to have this done.  It is a simple bedside procedure that can be performed if needed… there are just new studies that show that it most likely does not help with feedings.


About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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